When your patrons log in to your public workstations, do they have to click on a massive internet use policy or something short and readable (that no one actually reads)? Anyone have a super swell, concise policy to pass along?
When UC Berkeley's library was promised $6 million a year in additional funding, comparisons were made to Michigan. Now that the NCES 2012 data is out, I did a quick reality check--normalizing all numbers to be 2012 dollars (that is, increasing earlier figures by inflation rates). Here's the skinny:
yay!!!!!!!!!! had a professor ask me who he could talk to about OA and was able to say "me." First professor in a while that has asked me about it. He's an editor of a journal and he's got some awesome ideas and I'm going to talk to him more about them.
Meeting with a prof about his first library instruction session led to discussion of what the need actually is, led to him brainstorming about including me as a lab component for the research methods class they are designing for the major. W00t w00t baby!
Some of you know that a friend of mine from long ago, Suzy Wolfe, was the victim of a double homicide, along with one of her sisters, at their home in Pittsburgh on Friday. I'm posting here as well because one of their other sisters, Jen Wolfe, is a librarian at the University of Iowa.
A pipe burst in our main library penthouse overnight, flooding tech services plus our five floors of stacks. Water flowed down through the telecom runs, soaking each floor through those closets. Even though one faculty office was hit hard, most of the damage to the collection is confined to three boxes of gift books. It's amazing, and credit goes
I get a lot of "Show students how to find x scholarly articles on the database in 50 minutes" instruction requests. I'd like more student participation vs. me doing a database demo. For ex, I think group work would be a good alternate option but the computer lab set up (and non-movable equipment) in the instruction room make that difficult...
Campus marketing just launched the new university Homepage. It is *Entirely and explicitly* marketing and recruitment. They've created a new homepage (with a stupidly, formerly well-marketed name that meant something different) for people who actually work or attend here, or need actually university information. I feel so 1997.
DO anybody no? Overview of how academic libraries are faring financially since the crash? asking for a journalist. Story out of Berkeley prompting big picture question. My brain needs reboot. http://www.sfgate.com/educati...
Does anyone have an easy/effective way to convert from Goodreads CSV format to something that Zotero can import? Seems like it should be easy, but I haven't found a tool that can do it. Thanks for any ideas.
Just read RTennant's piece about being a "high-functioning introvert," and I'd like it...except that the title's suggestion that introversion is some form of malady or disability bothers me. A lot. It's like being a high-functioning left-handed person (or a high-functioning...nah, let's not go there.)
today was the first time i'd heard of knowledge unlatched (http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org/) - does anyone know how this is different from unglue.it? is it just that it's things that are already published or...?
I am utterly perflummoxed by the highlighted statement on an item in our collection. Is everything I know about copyright law wrong? Can someone explain to me how copyright law permits publishers to set an apparent expiration date on a publication?
How do you deal with faculty purchasing requests when only a handful of faculty ever actively (and heavily) request books? I worry a little that we're creating a rather lopsided collection but we don't want to tell faculty to request more as a whole *or* tell an active researcher he only has "x" amount before they're cut off if we don't have to.